Those of us who parent and/or work with children and youth closely are called to talk about money with them. Yet, money is one of the most taboo topics in American culture and uncomfortable for many to discuss. Here are some ideas from Buildinfaith.org. (Photo © mangostock – Fotolia.com)
Lent is just weeks away! Here are resources that you can use to help make Lent a time of focus on stewardship of our time, talent, treasure, planet and our spirits. From a variety of sources and in a number of formats, this Word file.
Here is a resource for a weighty conversation about the idolatrous role that money occupies in our lives and culture. The United Church of Canada’s 33-page booklet offers good information and guides for study and group discussion. (Photo: 401(K) 2012, Creative Commons)
Do we own our stuff? Or does our stuff own us? And what does God own? These key questions need careful consideration for anyone looking to grow as a follower of Jesus. This article can help you clarify the issues. From Taylor University, which has a number of excellent stewardship resources.
Often lost in the amplified frenzy of Advent and Christmas is the meaning and importance of Epiphany. Use the opportunity of the post-Christmas lull to teach about this important (and often overlooked) season. From BuildingFaith.com. (Photo: Jussi D. Brito, Creative Commons)
Earning just 24 cents per hour as incarcerated persons, a group of inmates saved their money to provide Christmas baskets for less fortunate inmates. We can learn much from their generosity and embodiment of a pure spirit of Christmas.
Equip the saints of your church with a daily Advent devotional: “Generosity in Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.” Produced by the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the ELCA, the free, downloadable booklet offers ways to explore, serve and pray over Scripture passages. Organized by weekly Advent themes of hope, peace, joy and love.
We don’t make God richer when we tithe. Rather, it’s we who become richer because our generous giving in the name of God frees us from the negative influence that money has on our lives. This Bible study from the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod helps you explore. (Photo: Tax Credits, Creative Commons)
Paul urged his readers to make giving a natural and regular part of their Christian walk. He saw it as a way for believers to care for each other and to stay unified in purpose. Here, from Crosswalk.com, are five lessons for your consideration.
It’s never too early to help youngsters understand the value of cooperation and sharing. But how? Here is a great lesson based on Acts 2:44-47 that can get little kids thinking in the right direction. Geared toward preschoolers, but can be adapted for older kids. Creative ideas from Cheri Gamble.